Port Aransas Deep Sea Fishing Report

June 26, 2011

Port Aransas Deep Sea Fishing Report

The fishing is excellent…. when the wind hasn’t kept the boats at the dock.  Yes, every year we go through the same pattern, it just seems that this year it has lasted a couple weeks longer than normal.  During the periods when the boats are getting offshore Port Aransas, they are catching every species possible.  Red Snapper season is in full swing with easy limits for all of the charters.  After the snapper are in the box, a lot of the charters have been opting to troll for some mahi-mahi (dolphin, dorado) and wahoo with luck.  Some of the charters are releasing sailfish and blue and white marlin on the longer , 12 hour trips.  If 12 hours seems to long, we do have a couple of boats that will go snapper, shark and kingfishing for 6 hours starting around $700.  With the light winds and pretty water the next few months, this may be a perfect trip for the family.  Be done fishing by lunchtime and have time for the beach, a bay fishing trip or even a round of golf.

Here are some pics from the El Gato:

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August 23, 2010 Deep Sea Fishing Report, Port Aransas

August 23, 2010

Port Aransas Deep Sea Fishing Report

A lot has been happening in the last couple of weeks.  Reports that the green water is starting to move out have been increasing.  There was still some reported towards Dutra, but straight out and south have been much better.  The weather has been very cooperative for the most part and the fish have also been numerous.  THere are still reports of good weedlines  starting as close in a 20 miles.  That is close enough to get some chicken dolphin, aka mahi mahi and maybe some wahoo.  THere will definitely be some sailfish in close as the El Gato and Captain Tom Ramsden caught 2 sails while on an 8hr charter. One of the sails was caught around the ships.  Besides the sailfish, kingfish and chicken dolphin have also bee reported being caught at the ships.

The shrimpers are out there, and so are the different fish that go with them.  The Caliente, with captain John Brennan, has been catching  a nice variety of fish on his trips.  The staple seem to be kingfish, amberjack, dog snapper and ling.  On one of the fishing trips, he caught 13 different species of fish.  Some people are happy with 13 fish, but 13 species…what a trip.

On a billfish trip last week, the High Bid released a blue marlin and a white marlin.

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The billfish bite has been hot.  A few of the boats have seen more than 7 billfish in a single trip.  There are a lot of white marlin being caught this year so if you need to get your white, now is the time.  Usually the sailfish and white marlin start to school up for the next couple of months, and as most seasoned billfisherman know, this is a great time of the year to have multiple shots at billfish.

A few boats have been making it to the floaters on some extended trips, and have been rewarded with some great tuna action, one tuna caught at Perdido topped the scales at 163 pounds.  It wasn’t the only big yellowfin tuna there.  There were 100 pound plus tuna seen throughout the day down there.  There are a number of boats that will make that trip so please call for information. Here is a picture of that 163# yellowfin tuna.

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Port Aransas Bay Fishing

The fishing reports from the bay guides said that it was a little slow a couple weeks ago as far as the redfish were concerned, but the black drum were making up for it.  Over this last weekend the reds seemed to have turned on, Butch Findley reports 4 limits on one of his trips.  When the winds calm down, the trout have been pretty active as well, especially if you can make it out to the surf.  There have been some large bull reds caught around the jetties, which is the norm for this time of year.  Do not be surprised if you happen to see a few tarpon rolling around as well.  Both of these fish are in the peak of there seasons and should be plentiful for the next month.

Port Aransas is at the beginning of the favorite season for fishing acccals.  With school starting up, it is a little quieter on the island and the fishing is spectacular.  If you ask any locals,what their favorite time of year to fish is, the majority will say the fall.  Come find out for yourself and I am sure you will not be disappointed.  Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

July 20, 2010 Port Aransas Fishing Report

July 20, 2010 Port Aransas Fishing Report

It is still business as usual for the Port Aransas Fishing charters.  This is the last week of red snapper season, so I hope everyone got a chance to get out and catch a few.  The kingfish are thick around the shrimp boats in 150 feet of water, maybe eventually some blackfin tuna will start to show up on some of the deeper shrimpers.  With all of the rain, the blue water is out further than normal, but if you can find some decent color chages or weedlines, they have been producing mahi mahi some wahoo and sailfish.  Nate Forbes relesed a sail today and had another one take a look.

Speaking of Nate, a huge congratulations to him and his crew for taking first place in the POCO Bueno Blue Marlin Tournament with a 465 pound blue.  Nate also released a second one during the tournament and a few meat fish as well.  I happened to be fishing aboard the Happy Hour the same tournament and took 2nd place with a 454.5 blue marlin.  Here is the video of Happy Hour’s fish:

 

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There have been reports of some excellent weed lines and color changes the last few weeks.  I know there is a lot of green water nearshore, but the blue water should be moving right back in in the next week or so.  When it does, the fishing should be non stop again.  Here are some pics from a weedline in 200 feet of water just inshore of Southern.

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Congratulations are also in order for bay fisherman guru and good friend Josh Garcia.  He took grand champion at the Port Aransas Boatmen’s Deep Sea Roundup.  Mitchell Collins also had an impressive tournament by putting his son on the winning fish to take home the top junior prize.

There is still a lot of fishing season ahead so call today to book your trip and I hope to see you on the water!

July 1, 2010 Port Aransas Deep Sea Fishing Report

July 1, 2010 Port Aransas Fishing Report

The deep sea fishing out of Port Aransas continues to stay hot.  All of the boats were catching a ton of fish to keep the customers happy.  This seems like it is getting redundant, but the fishing, or should I say catching, has been great.  For the billfish fans, there have been a good number of blue marlin and sailfish seen and caught amongst various boats this last week.  For the most part, the boats have been trolling weedlines and patches of weed to pick up their blue marlin, sailfish, dorado, wahoo and even some blackfin tuna.   The Cherokee went out for a family meat haul and they ended up bring back snapper,  6 big wahoo up to 55 pounds, a 35 pound grouper, 2 40 pound dolphin and released a sailfish as well.  The total catch brought back to the dock weighed in at 428 pounds.  That will fill up the freezer.  Here are the pics from the Cherokee trip:

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The 8hr trips have been bringing back limits of snapper, kingfish, ling, baracuda and sometimes some dolphin.  The longer meat trips have been doing well with amberjack and some grouper.  The Caliente even managed a 100 lb wahoo while out last week.

The bill fishing has been excellent with some big fish out there.  The Meat Haul released a 400# blue and there were quite a few blues caught during the LoneStar Shootout.  Here are some pics and videos of some blue marlin from this last week.

Meat Haul Blue:

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Happy Hour Blue Caught during the LoneStar Shootout:

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June 21, 2010 Port Aransas Fishing Report, Deep Sea Fishing & Bay Fishing

June 21, 2010 Port Aransas Fishing Report

The wind started to lay down this last week, and the charters took full advantage of the good weather.  The Herradura went for some billfish and they found some on a small weedline/temperature change between Falcon and Dutra.  They were able to release one sailfish and came unbuttoned on 2 other sailfish.  There is still some reports of grass out there, so take advantage of any current or temperature breaks that form a little line, the fish should be there.  Here is a picture from one of Herradura’s 8 hr trips:

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Some of the charters that were not bill fishing had some excellent catches themselves.  The Iced Down, High Bid, Caliente and Ambush are all getting lots of big red snapper, kingfish, ling, dolphin, dog snapper and Amberjack.  Nate Forbes on the Iced Down even boated a 82 pound wahoo, that is a huge fish that is going to make for some excellent dinners.

Take advantage of the calm weather this week and get out fishing.  There are still boats available for bay and offshore.  Check out this week’s forecast at the link below:

Port Aransas Bay Fishing 

The report from the guides is still positive.  They have been catching the redfish fairly consistently, and there have been some reports from a few guides that have found a couple large schools of black drum.  Butch Findley and Frank Eicholz have both told me that they have been on one of these large schools for a number of days now catching their customers limits.  Everyone is waiting for this calm weather for the trout to turn back on.  If it gets calm enough, some of the guides will look at heading out to the surf and around the Port Aransas jetties.

Mitchell Collins, the Fish Pimp, has been taking the boat down to Laguna Madre the last week or two.  He seems to be very excited about the fishing down there, and if Mitchell gets excited, you know its good.  He has told me of schools of thousands of drum, and limits of trout on bait in no time. The Laguna Madre, Baffin Bay and the Land Cut are some of the best bay fishing areas in the country.  It is worth fishing at least once, just to experience it.

The oil is still not affecting the Texas coast and we still do not see it having a negative impact any time soon, if at all, at this time.

There are still boats available for bay and offshore this week and weekend, so take advantage of the calm weather and go catch some fish.

 

March 21, Port Aransas Fishing Report, Texas Charter Fleet

March 21, Port Aransas Fishing Report

It is that time of year when the fishing in Port Aransas heats up with the weather.  We had some nice warm days overr the last 10 days, and the wind even cooperated  for a good number of those days.

Offshore Fishing Report:  The boats heading offshore deep sea fishing have been heading out to the rocks and the rigs about 35-45 miles offshore.  On the rocks, most of the catch consists of kingfish, sharks bee liners and plenty of red snapper.  Unfortunately, the red snapper must be released due to it not being red snapper season.  The word from the captains is that you can not get away from the red snapper anywhere you want to fish.  Captain Brian Phillips of the Mojo said that he had 10 pound snapper feeding on the surface out at the rocks.  All they wanted to do was catch some kingfish, but had to avoid the snapper.  The amberjack and ling bite has been very good as you can see from the pictures below taken of the Iced Down catch captained by Nate Forbes.  The Iced Down also caught some good grouper and African Pompano. These fish seem to be around in good numbers through May and will still be caught throughout the summer.

A couple of boats the Mo Azul with Captain Peter Young and the High Bid with Captains Brian Cody and Aaron Chambers made overnight trips and were rewarded with a large number of blackfin tuna.  The High Bid stayed out the following day and caught some amberjack, ling, kingfish and beeliners.  There is also as many as you can reel in jackfish and horse eyed jacks that were caught and released.

Captain David Bujnoch of Third Coast Charters is a new addition to the fleet and has the fastest boat with the very comfortable 38 Fountain.  This boat can make it up to 65 mph when the seas allow.  He made it out for a quick 8hr trip and caught kingfish, jackfish, beeliners and sharks.  He also had to release numerous red snapper.

All of the charter boats seem to have had an encounter at some point in their trips this spring with the extremely hard fighting and very tasty Mako shark.  It seems that there are a decent number of them around and they are very willing to take away your 40 pound amberjack, tuna or wahoo.  Even the Mako knows what fish taste best.

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It will only be about a month until the blue water from the south gets within range of the Port Aransas fishing fleet, and with it comes the dolphin, wahoo, blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish.  It seems that the best blue marlin bite has been around the month of June.  This bite has been as close as 40 miles the last few years, so take advantage of it and get out there fishing.

Bay Fishing:  With the warmer and sunnier days, the bay fishing in Port Aransas has taken off.  The guides are getting more redfish than the last few weeks and limiting out there customers.  THey are also targeting some black drum which are in good numbers and if you want to add to the catching, the sheephead are still around.  It will not be long before the water temps get right for the trout to start showing up.

Flounder Gigging: Captain Tray Clark made it out this last week and although the flounder were not yet coming back into the bays yet, he managed a couple flatties but he did get 100 pounds of sheephead and black drum to make for a very good bag of fillets.

It is all starting to heat up, so get down here and take a break fishing in Port Aransas Texas.

 

June 2, 2009 Port Aransas Texas Fishing Report, Texas Deep Sea Fishing

June 2, 2009 Port Aransas Offshore Deep Sea Fishing Report

     Summer is in full swing from the jetties out to 100 miles offshore for all the different types of fish that you want to catch.  I will start out with what is happening deep offshore.  There has been a persistent color change roughly 50 to 70 fathoms offshore of Port Aransas.  The closest place to catch it has been heading off Hospital rock and keeping your eyes open.  When it is ripping, you can’t miss it.  I have heard many experienced billfishers claim it is one of the best rips they have seen in years.  One side is green and whitecapped while the other side is cobalt blue and slick calm.  I noticed that the green water was moving south-southeast over the weekend, which is heading straight into the blue water.  Reports were that the rip / weedline did not start to “turn on” unti late in the day.  I know of a few blue marlin taken from it along with some sails and good size wahoo and dolphin.  SO if you pass it early, check on it later, it could make a good trip into a great trip.  The blue water does not start until you get to that color change, but there are plenty of fish inshore as well.  Red Snapper season has started, and there are plenty of kingfish, shark and ling around too.  The bill fish bite has turned on with some decent numbers of blue marlin and sailfish being caught by various boats.  I have a video of the Cherokee’s fish from last week, and some pictures and video of a little blue that was caught by yours truly on the Gloria II.

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Moving nearshore, the water is extremely nice at the jetties with the calm weather we have been having.  I was fishing with Rene Lopez last week at the south jetty and we caught trout (one lost at rock at least 25 inches), small grouper, 3 kingfish, jackfish, spanish mackeral, cero mackeral, mangrove snapper and saw some tarpon rolling.  There was also bonita chasing bait everywhere.  I mentioned that it was pretty enough for there to be sailfish around, and sure enough there have been a handful caught the last few days around the jetties.  See pictures of one caught by Kay and Bill Culpepper today, June 2.  The forecast is excellent for the week and it looks like we have a nice summer pattern going on right now.

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June 2, 2009 Port Aransas Inshore Bay Fishing Report

    The fishing has been improving with the weather.  The light winds are making for some great catches of trout in the surf and in the bay.  The surf usually only happens in August and September when the light winds and small seas allow some of the guides to go hit San Jose Island with some good live bait to tear up the trout.  The redfish have also been caught in large numbers by all the guides.  They are even seeing jackfish in the bays and I am sure a few of the guides will hit the jetties to take part in the kingfish and unbelievable sailfish catches.